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James, Regina Smith

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Medical Officer


Dr. James is responsible for informing the public about issues related to maternal and child health disparities; developing scientific leadership and initiatives in colleges and universities worldwide that will encourage, facilitate, and increase participation of diverse populations and developing nations in biomedical and behavioral research endeavors; disseminating evidence based research findings that will ultimately eliminate differences in health outcomes.





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Regina Smith James, M.D., is the Director of the Office of Health Equity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, USA. In this capacity, Dr. James is responsible for informing the public about issues related to differences is maternal and child health outcomes and health equity; and developing initiatives that increase participation of diverse populations and developing nations in biomedical and behavioral research endeavors. Dr. James received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her medical degree from UCLA. Dr. James completed a residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed a research fellowship in child psychiatry at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to her appointment at the NICHD, Dr. James served as the chief of the Mood Disorders Program, Attention Disorders Program and Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at the NIMH. Dr. James is a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Disorders in Childhood & Adolescence, charged with revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. James received the Norbet & Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Association for excellence in research, the 2009 NIH Director’s Award for contributions made to the first NIH Health Disparities Summit, the 2009 NIH Award of Merit for advancing health disparities initiatives at NICHD, the 2010 NIH Award of Merit for organizing the first NIH Infant Mortality Awareness Initiative (5K run),  the 2011 NICHD Mentor Award, and the 2012 NIH Directors Award for outstanding service in the coordination of the Common Fund Global Health Initiative.  Dr. James has conducted and published clinical research in the areas of health disparities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and pediatric bipolar disorder. She has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of Affective Disorders, among others.

Featured Items:

James RS. Building Research Capacity in Africa: The NICHD International Extramural Associates Programme. Research Global 2010; 25: 8-9.

James RS. The National Institute of Mental Health's Perspectives on Health Disparities of Children and Adolescents. In: Fleming M. and Towey K., (editors) Proceedings: Educational Forum on Adolescent Health: Disparities in Adolescent Mental Health: Screening and Treatment. American Medical Association (2005).

James RS, Sharp WS, Bastain TM, Lee PP, Walter JM, Czarnolewski M, Castellanos FX. Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of single-dose amphetamine formulations in ADHD. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2001; 40: 1268-1276.


Publications (PubMed):

Title Authors Publication Date
Advances in the neurobiology of pediatric bipolar disorder.Biederman J,James RSBiol Psychiatry2005 Oct 1
Psychiatry residency training, the physician-scientist, and the future of psychiatry.Fenton W,James R,Insel TAcad Psychiatry2004 Winter
Furthering the scientific foundation of pediatric bipolar disorder.Biederman J,James RSJ Affect Disord2004 Oct
Developmental trajectories of brain volume abnormalities in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.Castellanos FX,Lee PP,Sharp W,Jeffries NO,Greenstein DK,Clasen LS,Blumenthal JD,James RS,Ebens CL,Walter JM,Zijdenbos A,Evans AC,Giedd JN,Rapoport JLJAMA2002 Oct 9
Cytogenetic abnormalities in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.Bastain TM,Lewczyk CM,Sharp WS,James RS,Long RT,Eagen PB,Ebens CL,Meck JM,Chan WY,Sidransky E,Rapoport JL,Castellanos FXJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry2002 Jul
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